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Dual Survival star closes one TV chapter, begins afresh with new partner

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Fans are certainly ready to move forward with Dual Survival after a long hiatus, and star Cody Lundin appears ready to move forward with new survivalist partner Joseph Teti, as well.

After a long hiatus, due to the Discovery Channel's searching for just the right partner for primitive survival expert Cody Lundin, Dual Survival will soon be back with Lundin and his new partner, Joseph Teti.

Lundin, the barefoot, 20+-year survival veteran who has made his life his profession, living in the deserts and mountains with few modern tools or conveniences, teaching his indigenous survival strategies in his Aboriginal Living Skills School, LLC, seems more than prepared to accept a new partner in the form of Teti. After the Discovery Channel announced Lundin’s new partner to the public, Lundin released the following statement to the press and on his school website:

As has already been publicly confirmed, Dave Canterbury is no longer a part of Dual Survival. This fact has been true since September of 2011.

I have faced many questions regarding this change and much has been said on the Internet as well. Any inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Discovery Channel. However, since I have no doubt that the questions will continue, and I have an ethical and professional responsibility to do so, I am making the following statement.

The goal of the survival instructor is to keep people alive. To accomplish this goal, honesty, integrity, trust and competence must come first. These core values cannot be compromised or people’s lives are needlessly put at risk. In a profession where human lives are at stake, dishonesty about one’s background and experience is an inexcusable breach of trust.

I have dedicated my life to this profession. It is my passion and livelihood and I have spent the past 23 years developing expertise in it. I hold the responsibility of being a survival skills instructor as sacred. It is incumbent upon all of us in this field to insist that the highest standards of honesty, integrity and honor are maintained at all times.

For all of the aforementioned reasons, I am proud to work with my new Dual Survival partner as we take the show to even greater levels. This is my final statement on the matter at this time. To my fans and to those who have offered support during this very challenging time, I offer my greatest gratitude and thanks.

Shutting One Chapter, Beginning Afresh

Although Lundin and Canterbury were great foils for each other on-screen, Lundin’s statement, “In a profession where human lives are at stake, dishonesty about one’s background and experience is an inexcusable breach of trust,” seems to relate the answer that viewers have wanted to know for months. And, although Discovery Channel has never confirmed the many rumors swirling around Canterbury’s departure—specifically whether or not he lied about his survival experience background—Lundin’s statement, although not specifically calling out his former partner by name, will no doubt sufficiently close the Lundin-Canterbury chapter for many Dual Survival fans, and hopefully begin a new Lundin-Teti chapter for one of the more informative, as well as entertaining, reality programs on television today.

Dual Survival, with the new pairing of Cody Lundin and Joseph Teti, will make its debut on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, on the Discovery Channel, with the one-hour special, Dual Survival: Unbraided, beginning at 8 p.m. E/P, and the first episode of the new season, “Mars on Earth,” following at 9 p.m. E/P.

UPDATED: Will fans give Joe Teti a chance?

UPDATED: Is Joe gaining traction with fans?

Image: Discovery Channel

Video: Discovery Channel/Dual Survival


Submitted by Big fan? (not verified) on
Can't say that I'm going to watch the new show. Cory is all Hollywood now. I always asked myself who I would want with me in an emergency. I picked Dave. Thank goodness for surviorman

Submitted by Ron I (not verified) on
Dave made the Duel Survivor show. Dave saved Cody's butt the majority of the time. Cody is useless in survival scenarios. Remember the boat Cody made out of a log using fire? How'd that work out??? It sank and Dave had the idea to turn it up side down and salvage it and made it float. Or what about when they were in Cody's back yard in Arizona and Cody got dehydrated and Dave saved the day again. What about all the times Dave hunted and caught food and Cody did nothing other than making a straw bed to sleep and walk bear foot putting his partner at risk. Cody is worthless - bring back Dave!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Dave was a hot head. He reacted too quickly and often put himself and Cody in danger. His need to only eat bigger game meat was unrealistic in a true survival situation. When Cody caught the eel, it was Dave that was whining about how he didn't want to eat it raw. Remember the foolishness when Dave decided to get the honey from the beehive; that was pure stupidity! He was putting on the show for the cameras! It wasn't Cody who was all Hollywood, but, Dave. Cody, on the other hand, could make fire in any situation. That wasn't Dave's strength. Give me Cody in a true survival situation and I know I'd live.

Submitted by vz (not verified) on
Tell the new guy to quit acting, he is not good at it. The pig killing clip is ridiculous. Whipping out his knife then looking at it before the kill and looking like a mad man after. I laughed. Too bad guys, you ruined a good show.

Submitted by Bigtom (not verified) on
The New Guy Joseph might be over acting a little. But after reading his website & seeing the pictures he has on there. I think everyone should give the guy a chance with this New Show (New for Him). For all that he has done for us as Americans in all the Military Service for our FREEDOM!! He most certainly deserves a chance at being the New Dual Survival Guy & alot more respect for completely changing everything about his life. He has lived most of his life under the radar to giving up his every part of his privacy so we can have dual survival again. Nobody likes when they replace someone we are used to seeing on a show. If they had not brought a new guy in there would be no dual survival. So all you people who are crying about the change, go buy a box of tissues!!

Submitted by Robyn Nelson (not verified) on
Gee, I didn't realize we had a new SAINT to add to the list. While I agree that we ALL owe military veterans a great deal of respect, get off the SAINT WAGON. Being in the military was a JOB that he CHOSE, being fully aware of the dangers involved. This JOB he has on Dual Survival is another choice he made for his own reasons. Hmm....what could those be? Possibly a fat paycheck and becoming a national televison personality/celebrity had something to do with it?? He did it for US? Give me a break, Pollyanna. By the way--Joseph Teti is one of the extremely forturnate veterans: he still has all his limbs and is able to do a survival show. What about the thousands who are dead or maimed for life?? They don't get a show. I'll reserve my greatest sympathy and respect for those heros.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
First of all Joe did nothing for my freedom or saving it by fighting in Iraq..let's get that out of the way off the bat. Secondly, he's new and is just getting his acting wings. Third, the show will improve if Joe does his job as Cody's partner. The show is not---Single Survival.

Submitted by Retired Military (not verified) on
We should give Joe a chance "For all that he has done for us as Americans in all the Military Service for our FREEDOM!!" ? Good grief, really? When I hear statements like this it makes me fear for the future of my nation. His motivation isn't money? Or fame? Or ego? Or all of these? Why does his military service earn him a "chance"? And where do your freedoms come from, and how are they truly preserved? Please tell me you are age 14 and impressionable, please!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Do you actually believe that just because he has served we should overlook his lack of ability and poor survival skills? I'll guess that most of us who enjoy survival type programing have a military background. From what I have seen, he would have been more dangerous to his team than to the enemy. He has failed to prove his ability and I'm through with the program.

Submitted by Robyn Nelson (not verified) on
It seems to me that Dave was replaced because he was TOO REAL. He could be a hothead, and he could be rather impulsive and reactive at times. He is alleged (by Cody) to have perhaps embellished his survival background, or been dishonest in some way. Wow!! So, he was very human. Who among us has NOT made mistakes or exaggerated our accomplishments to win a great position?? The fact of the matter is that Dave MADE the show. Not just him, but his chemistry with Cody was extremely entertaining to watch. This new guy is ridiculous!! However sterling his military record, he is ACTING, and he is a VERY BAD ACTOR. Either Dave comes back, or I will never watch another episode. I am not alone in this opinion. Please listen to the VIEWERS-because the show is FOR US!! If you don't listen--this show is OVER.


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